May the best wine win... again

This winter, all roads lead to Windhoek Country Club, come the 14th of this month as Old Mutual will be hosting its 6th annual Trophy Wine show.

The event has grown bigger and better each year, with guests revelling in taking on superior wine knowledge year on year, and enjoying the chance to impress friends and colleagues at subsequent functions.

“The event has always been well received and this year, we are opening it up to the public to purchase tickets to this exclusive master-class wine-tasting event,” says the Marketing Executive for Old Mutual Namibia, Tracy Eagles.

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine show is neighbouring South Africa’s most important wine benchmarking competitive event.

After the wines are judged in South Africa, Old Mutual takes the top trophy-winning wines on a national road show to introduce them to discerning wine lovers in seven cities in southern Africa, “This event is now on its Namibian leg and we are proud to host it.”

Tracy explains that the event will be held indoors this time to keep the chilly and biting weather at bay, “The great wines we will share that evening will definitely warm the hearts of all guests pretty well!”

Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a full three-course cocktail buffet. Thereafter, they will go to the tasting hall to sample 27 wines with wine connoisseur, Michael Fridjohn. After the Master Class in wine tasting, guests will continue to sample the wines accompanied by delicious dessert platters.

The aim of the event is to create a high-end platform to network and engage with our various clients and key stakeholders as well as members of the public.”

The executive management of Old Mutual will be present to entrench valued relationships with existing clients as well as enjoy meeting new potential clients in relaxed surroundings.

Tracy says this engagement holds strong strategic value to Old Mutual, “The concept forms part of Old Mutual’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategy; maintaining positive relationships with our clients and stakeholders as one of the key strategic pillars of the business.”

Michael Fridjhon, wine guru, has consistently been an integral part of this competition. He has been the chairman of the judges’ panel at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine show since its inception in 2002 in South Africa and he has rich experience under his belt in this regard. He is, amongst many achievements, the author, co-author of - and contributor to - a number of wine books including the Oxford Companion to Wine, ICONS (SA), The Global Wine Encyclopaedia and John Platter (SA).

In addition, Michael was the first international co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge in 2007. He also features as a wine columnist for Business Day and The Weekender newspapers in South Africa.

Also the panel chairman for the Wine Magazine Shiraz and Chenin Blanc Challenge in South Africa, Michael judges numerous other competitions including the International Wine and Spirits Competition (UK), the Australian National Wine show, the Tri-Nations Challenge as well as benchmark tastings in France, the United States, Chile and South Africa.

Michael also shares his expertise as a visiting professor at UCT Graduate School of Business, South Africa.

This distinguished connoisseur will enlighten the guests with exactly what to look for in wine, for it to be considered worthy of competing for the trophy - as he leads them through a guided tasting of the trophy and gold medal winning wines.

Asked what message she would like to pass to the lucky Trophy Wine guests, Tracy says, “This is a great way to honour great clients while sharing knowledge and great wines at the same time. We look forward to sharing the evening with you!” PF